KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – The issue of depleting Malay reserve land should be made a national agenda so that the relevant authorities will come up with an action plan to overcome the problem.
Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia (Perkasa) president, Datuk Ibrahim Ali said the issue should be viewed seriously by all quarters in view of the disclosure by the media recently that there were only 12 per cent of Malay reserve land left.
“We (Perkasa) urge that the Conference of Malay Rulers pay attention to the issue of the loss of Malay reserve land so that action can be taken and the lost land replaced.
“We also urge the setting up of a special committee (on the issue of Malay reserve land) and we want efforts to replace the lost Malay reserve land be made a national agenda.”
Ibrahim said this to reporters after a forum on the ‘Issue of Malay Reserve Land: Tragedy of the Race and Immediate Remedial Measures’ at the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization main hall, here, yesterday.
He also suggested that the government stop giving land as a reward to any quarters while government land which have not been developed to be made Malay reserve land to replace the lost land.
“If Malay reserve land is to be developed, it should be for projects to build affordable houses priced at RM120,000 and below per unit,” he said.
Meanwhile, at the forum yesterday, Perkasa announced an eight-point declaration to preserve the remaining Malay reserve land and to replace the lost land.
Its vice-president and Monitoring and Integrity Bureau chief, Syed Osman Syed Mansor said among the declarations was for the federal government and state governments to uphold the Constitution by preserving Malay reserve land and Bumiputera native land.
“We also appeal to the Yang Di-pertuan Agong and Malay rulers to intervene in adddesing the issue of depleting Malay reserve and Bumiputera native land.”
He said besides making this issue a national issue, the government should also ensure that any move to change the status of Malay reserve land and Bumiputera native land for development must take into consideration the political factors with regard to the migration of Malays and Bumiputeras.
Also present at the forum were former Chief Justice Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim, while the two panellists were former Land and Mines director-general Datuk Dr Nik Mohd Zain Yusof and senior lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Surveying, UiTM Perak, Dr Mohd Hasrol Hafiz Aliasak.